Look, personally as a citizen I think it’s a sad day to have this newspaper go to three days a week instead of seven days a week. I know they’re going to enhance their digital content. I’ve got a lot of friends there that work at the paper. I don’t always agree with the paper and I shouldn’t always agree with the paper.
I think it’s important for democracy. We’ve got robust news gathering organizations. I think the daily newspaper, the printed newspaper, plays an important role in holding government accountable, uniting our people. I think that they played such a critical role after Katrina, bringing news to people even when their presses were flooded.
I’m saddened by this development. Even though I don’t agree with their editorial positions and their reporting, I am still saddened by the fact that we’re going to have a great American city without a major daily newspaper. I don’t think that’s a good development for democracy.